Eritrean attempt to obstruct AU Session foiled


Eritrean attempt to obstruct AU Session foiled PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 06 February 2011

Addis Ababa, February 5, 2011 (WIC) – A terrorist attack attempt coordinated by the Eritrean government to barricade 16th Ordinary Session of African Heads of State and Government was thwarted.

Explosive called C-4 and accessories transported to Addis Ababa via Djibouti were put under control. Alleged Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) instruments and their collaborators were also arrested following court orders while undertaking activities to commit the crime.


The explosive was intended to be used to obstruct the Session. However, the National Intelligence and Security Service managed to foil the attempt as it was aware of the plot earlier.


The police have been investigating the cause of the alleged criminals put under control in an area locally called Semien Mazegaja in the capital.


The explosive is similar to the one exploded in Kampala, Uganda.


Recently explosive was put under control in Afar and Amhara States while being transported to Ethiopia from Eritrea following tips from the public.


The Joint Anti-terror Taskforce of the National Intelligence and Security Service and the Federal Police lauded cooperation of the public to abort the destructive acts of the Eritrean government.


The taskforce recalled that similar terrorist acts coordinated by the Eritrean government were attempted to obstruct AU Sessions held earlier in the country.

 The taskforce called on the public to continue cooperation and said that detailed information on the attempt will be made official soon, it said.

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